Mrs. Riga's Story
New Teacher Biography Series
Written by Kennedy Green and Katie Gowin
Editor: Amelia Marshall
Sebastian Charter Junior High’s own Mrs. Ellie Riga is new to the school as a seventh and eighth grade ELA teacher. Mrs. Riga has been teaching for the past twenty-five years, beginning with grade one, and eventually teaching all grade levels over the years. Mrs. Riga taught in elementary school for fourteen years. Wanting a new challenge, she moved onto the higher grades.
Before becoming a teacher, Mrs. Riga was a stay-at-home mom, though she frequently helped at her kids´ schools. Mrs. Riga lived in Bergen County, New Jersey for her entire life, before moving to Florida. She earned her Masters Degree at William Paterson University, located in New Jersey. Mrs. Riga wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a child, always wanting to play school and to be the teacher.
Some of her favorite things about teaching at SCJH are how all the teachers and students know and care for each other, and how SCJH is academically superior to many of the other schools she has taught at. Mrs. Riga is married, with two children, one step-child, many nieces and nephews, and many other close relatives. The majority of her time is spent with family, and her favorite time is the holidays, which are also spent with family.